INTERMECCANICA OWNERS' CLUB
L. L. Burnett
R.D.3 Huntington, N.Y. 11743
The Club is starting out its second
year with a deficit of $23.50. There would be a balance of $36.50, but we are
placing advertisements in Road and Track for $60.00. These sums reflect expenses of
the end of January, nine membership
renewals, and three new members:(removed
Mr. Lancione is looking for an excellent
only late model Italia convertible with air conditioning. Daniel Ahl is probably still
looking for a very good 70-71 Italia. Non-member (as yet) D. S. Detrou may in the market
for an Intermeccanica car but wants
to know more about them first (removed
Cars for Sales
Dave Carter sold Italia #1 to Ed
Carter (that's right) who promptly built a new 4-row radiator to replace the stock '67
Torino 302 extra cooling unit in the car. Anyone wanting to build a similar radiator for
write 2072 Coldwater Canyon
Drive, Beverly Hills, California. All members should know the necessity of a proper shroud
around the fan for good cooling. I've seen cars that lack them.
For smooth, surge-free stops,
your discs should have parallel surfaces. Thickness should not vary more than .03 mm
(.0012"). Run out maximum 10 mm (.004"). Minimum thickness is approximately
.45" after truing. Rear discs may be thinner than fronts on some cars; (1/8"
thinner originally - Mr. DeBano). Remove stock only enough to insure parallelism --
the less the better. Don't worry about the circular grooves.
Mr. DeBano reports (correctly) that
Fiat will no longer supply the Fiat 1800 ball joints. They have thrown away the book.I'm
contacting Fiat Customer Service but I don't expect much. What we need is a contact in
Italy who will supply these. FRAP makes replacements. Any member know a parts man in
Discovered at the N.Y. Auto Show
(where again the only beautiful cars were Italian) the existence of a large company, TKD,
which provides a written guarantee on their rustproofing. Headquarters is at 13650 E. Ten
Mile Road,Warren, Michigan, 48089; 313-776-5000, but they have dealers in 29 States. The
Long Island dealer will give Club members a 10% discount through March 1975. Phone me for
details. The procedure takes one day; all body work should be done first.
Many Parts have been provided to
members from the Torino wreck. We will be getting into the drive train and suspension in
the Spring. Gorden Willitts has a spare coupe door window, is looking for some high back
seats in black. Lloyd Shatkin (non-member) needs a rear bumper (phone me). George
Tsiropinos reports that the Fiat 124 sports couple rear bumper might be rebuilt to fit an
Miscellaneous 'Won't Start'
1. An indadequately vented gas cap
allows gas tank vacuum -- car will soon restart. Eventually the tank self-destructs
inwardly. Use 2 vent holes in replacement caps.
2. An ignition switch
intermittently will activate starter but the engine will not fire until key springs back
to "on" position -- the engine just barely catches - sometimes. May just be a
dirty contact in switch or loose or crossed connection.
3. An intermittent 'no start' --
check or replace the ballast resistor over by the regulator. Ford folks know about this
Sure you know things which
haven't appeared in the Newsletters. Send them in.
Anyone know any details on the Vetta
Ventura? Was it made by IntermecCanica?
Thanks to Frank Wiggins for the
Italia brochure. Are there others that might be added to the collection? What have you?
Exhaust System - Heater Leak
The follwoing expositions are by Mr.
Haritos, who can provide all system parts, ready to install for $125.00 (8 Indian Spring
Road, Budd Lake, N.J., 07828), and by Matt Wolff.
INTERMECCANICA OWNERS CLUB
Exhaust system information (Italia
Parts list (will last a long time,
look good and cost moderately)
1. Y-Pipe AP part no. 7288 1967
Mustang (1 each) (not 66 68 or 69).
2. Pipe Reducers 2" to 1 3/4, J.
C. Whitney, Chicago, Ill. (2 each).
3. Flanges 1 3/4, J. C. Whitney,
Chicago, Ill. (4 each).
4. 1 3/4 straight pipe 10 feet long,
commercial (1 each) cut into two 5' lengths).
5. Pipe connector 1 3/4, J. C.
Whitney, Chicago, Ill. (2 each)
6. Pantera mufflers right and/or
left, Ford Motor Company, 2 each.
7. Gaskets, nuts, bolts and welding
X INDICATES WELD
1. Cut 10' liength of 3/4 tubing into
five foot lengths and bend as shown - a final cut in length may be necessary at
installation time to properly locat mufflers in relation to rear bumper.
2. Weld part 1 to part 2 to part 3
3. Weld part 3 (flange) to part 4 to
part 5 to part 6.
4. Bolt 3 to 3 with heat resistant
gasket in between.
5. Located position for brackets at
rear. Make attachments and install.
BRACKETS TO HOLD PIPES IN PLACE ARE
WELDED TO PIPE CONNECTION BEFORE MUFFLERS. SEE DETAIL P.37.
2-25-75 JMCW, Heater Adapter Repair
Certain Intermeccanica models are
equipped with an aluminum step down adapter from the Ford hose size to the Alfa (or
whatever) heater unit. These adapters are located approximately 6" from the heater
core. Aluminum does not seem to be compatible with the coolant system and will corrode to
point of leakage. An easy fix for a pair of these adapters is to go to a parts
house, or plumbing supply & pick up tow short brass threaded pipe nipples
approx. 2 1/2" long (one 3/8" I.D./ one 1/2" I.D.). Outside measurements of
these are about 14 & 18 mm respectively.
hacksaw in half
Threaded ends fitted together (file
if necessary) (each - half 3/8 half 1/2)
Braze these units at the joint
Use the damn things
- WIRING DIAGRAM E. UEBERALL 1968 TORINO JUNE 1970